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2017-07-13 / Local News

Buffalo man pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Robert Hall, 41, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on May 13, 2016, law enforcement officers seized three packages containing cocaine that were shipped from Texas to Buffalo to various recipients. The cocaine was hidden inside air purifiers. Officers seized two of the packages before they were delivered and set up controlled deliveries to addresses on Tyler and Custer streets in Buffalo.

The three packages contained a total of five kilograms of cocaine. Hall paid the recipients of the packages in money or crack cocaine so they would receive the packages for Hall and co-defendant Clarence Adams, authorities said. The charges against Adams remain pending.

Hall’s plea is the result of an investigation by several law enforcement agencies, including the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zack, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, under the direction of Chief George Gast.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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